Thank you, Sue!

Today’s post is brought to you by Sue. Sue is my hero today as her fast stitching from a recent embellishment event is the only reason we have a post today! Thank you Sue!

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The stitch is from the clouds on one of my newest Stitch Concepts, Tribal Mask Giraffe by T. Chapman. (And, yes, Sue’s stitching is also the star of the post from a few weeks ago.) Today’s stitched sample uses Soie D’Alger (black lines) and Petite Silk Lame (turquoise lines) on 18-mesh.

This pattern is as symmetrical and balanced as most of my stitches, yet there is a certain scattered look to it. It’s the open areas the add that little scattered surprise and I love it. This stitch will make a great outdoor space, such as a hill, green field, or tree. Consider using an overdyed silk floss or wool for all lines for any of those areas. Another idea is two related shades of a green Vineyard Silk or Merino Wool for the trees. Continuing the outdoor theme, consider this stitch for a roof with Rainbow LInen. Silk Floss or Neon Rays would be two good threads (individually or together) for a floor.

Adding an oversized bead (say a size 11 bead on 18 mesh or a size 8 bead on 13 mesh) to the center intersection of the open space could be an interesting addition for a dress or coat. If a bead isn’t quite the right accent, consider adding a cross stitch with your favorite metallic to the center.

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I hope you have the perfect spot for this stitch!  Please enjoy!  

A Note about Diagrams
I use color in diagrams to make them as clear as possible.  The primary function of different colored lines is to illustrate a stitch sequence.  For example, layering of colors demonstrates you add them in that order.  They can also provide ideas on how to integrate additional threads (one line for each color).  Or, you can use the same thread for all color lines.  That's where I encourage you to use your imagination for the space you are stitching!

Excuse Me

I made the mistake of thinking pulling together today’s stitched sample was going to be easy. Au contraire. I kept getting distracted by variations that kept popping up in my head as I stitched it for you.

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I named it Interrupted Satin Stitch because every fourth stitch is an interruption of sorts. You think you know where it’s going (over two rows) and…bam!…nope (over three rows). The stitched sample is me playing with Splendor (black lines) and Petite Silk Lame (turquoise lines) on 18-mesh.

This full coverage diagonal stitch (above center) is perfect for areas you want to add some direction, such as a roof or walkway. I love the idea of flipping it 90° and using it for pants or wall covering (above right).

I love uneven matte threads for roofs, such as Rainbow Linen or Rainbow Tweed. Glisten is a good alternative because the metallic filament adds a subtle unevenness. Partner any of those with a lightweight soft metallic, such as Trebizond Silk, for the tent stitches. I would use a single strand silk with a favorite metallic for pants and Soie D’Alger with Petite Silk Lame for a wall covering. Consider swapping the tent stitches for seed beads if you want to make it even more glamorous.

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Another use popped into my head while stitching it. Leave out the tent stitches, use a lightweight metallic, and use it for a water stitch. The stitch over three adds an interesting choppy wave affect. While stitching, I also realized how scalable this stitch is. Consider changing the over 2 and over 3 rows to over 3 and 4, respectively for a slightly larger stitch.

These stitch diagrams, along with all other #whimsicalwednesday and #smallspacesunday stitch diagrams, can also be found on a Pinterest board here.

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I hope you have the perfect spot for this stitch!  Please enjoy! 

A Note about Diagrams
I use color in diagrams to make them as clear as possible.  The primary function of different colored lines is to illustrate a stitch sequence.  For example, layering of colors demonstrates you add them in that order.  They can also provide ideas on how to integrate additional threads (one line for each color).  Or, you can use the same thread for all color lines.  That's where I encourage you to use your imagination for the space you are stitching!

A Real Time Stitching Sunday

Today’s #stitchingsunday comes from a sweet email this morning from a student who is stitching this stitch on this project on this Sunday. I love it when that happens!

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Today’s stitched sample comes from my new Stitch Concept, Moon Dance by Sandra Gilmore. It uses a single strand of Impressions (gray lines) and Glisten (aqua lines). It’s a great stitch to add direction to an area. In this case, it’s the path. The original post shows a slightly heavier version for a background.

This stitch diagram, along with all other #whimsicalwednesday and #smallspacesunday stitch diagrams, can also be found on a Pinterest board here.

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I hope you have the perfect spot for this stitch! Happy #stitchingsunday! I wish you a very happy and joyous New Year!

A Note about Diagrams
I use color in diagrams to make them as clear as possible. The primary function of different colored lines is to illustrate a stitch sequence. For example, layering of colors demonstrates you add them in that order. They can also provide ideas on how to integrate additional threads (one line for each color). Or, you can use the same thread for all color lines. That's where I encourage you to use your imagination for the space you are stitching!

Fly, Little Bird, Fly!

Today's #stitchingsunday is an ever so slight variation on a past post.  Today's version alternates colors and fills the empty spots.  Pretty darn glamorous for a small space stitch!

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The stitched sample is a bird wing from a student in a recent embellishment class.  It includes Burmilana and two shades of Petite Silk Lame.  What draws me to the stitch was the subtle directional element, which conveniently matches the angle of the wing.  Two diagrams are included today.  The center diagram reflects the stitched sample and the diagram on the far right is the original diagram from the original post.  

This stitch diagram, along with all other #whimsicalwednesday and #smallspacesunday stitch diagrams, can also be found on a Pinterest board here.

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I hope you have the perfect spot for this stitch! Happy #stitchingsunday!

A Note about Diagrams
I use color in diagrams to make them as clear as possible.  The primary function of different colored lines is to illustrate a stitch sequence.  For example, layering of colors demonstrates you add them in that order.  They can also provide ideas on how to integrate additional threads (one line for each color).  Or, you can use the same thread for all color lines.  That's where I encourage you to use your imagination for the space you are stitching!

Up (or Down) We Go!

Today's stitch is a great way to add direction to your space.  While the theme of nature carries over from last week, this more subtle stitch is on a much smaller scale.

There's a certain elegance to it that I love.  Let's start with going up (left diagram)!

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Going down is just as pretty (diagram on right).  I love how the alternating stitch widths (over two or three rows) add a gentle directional element to this stitch.  I skipped a row between columns to add definition but it would certainly work with no skipped rows.

As this is a smaller stitch, I didn't add compensation stitches (unlike other #whimsicalwednesday diagrams).  This allows the pattern to be clearer.  

As I look at the diagrams, this is a great stitch for mirror patterning, such as wings on opposite sides of an angel.  It would also work for a tail.  (Am I the only one who sees a whale tale in the second diagram?  If not, please know this was not intentional.)

I played with some Mandarin Floss on 18-mesh for the stitched sample.  It would be fine to add a metallic or contrasting color on the rows in between but it is also pretty just by itself.

These stitch diagrams, along with all other #whimsicalwednesday and #smallspacesunday stitch diagrams, can also be found on a Pinterest board here.

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If you like what you see on this blog, want to learn some very creative decorative stitches, and how to put them all together, whimsicalstitch.com sells stitch guides for Melissa Shirley Designs, Zecca Designs, and Patience Brewster.  34 guides are currently available and more are in the pipeline.

I hope you have the perfect spot for this stitch!  Enjoy!

Separation Issues

Today's stitch bounced around my social media feeds for a few weeks. I avoided it at all costs because it confused me and I don't use a lot of overtly diagonal stitches.

Then it showed up again and I gave in and had to dissect it.  Separation issues were a good thing here, as once I separated it into two distinct steps, it was clear...at least for me.

Take a look at the final product first and think about how you would break it down.

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Did you think to do it in one ongoing stitch?  That's what I couldn't get my head around.  So, I broke it down into two steps and everything came together.  

The diagram uses two colors to indicate the two steps which, in my opinion, makes it easier to navigate.  (Note: most of my stitch diagrams use multiple colors.  While this can often be interpreted as a second [or third] thread, it also denotes steps within a diagram.)

The stitched sample on Instagram illustrates the two steps with one thread.  

The stitched sample uses Gloriana Silk Floss for a sky.  This stitch makes a great sky (obviously), especially one you want to stand out.  For the same reason, this stitch works well for water or ground cover.  There is a strong directional element, as well as a certain drama surrounding the stitch, making it perfect for nature.  

This stitch diagram, along with all other #whimsicalwednesday and #smallspacesunday stitch diagrams, can also be found on a Pinterest board here.

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If you like what you see on this blog, want to learn some very creative decorative stitches, and how to put them all together, whimsicalstitch.com sells stitch guides for Melissa Shirley Designs, Zecca Designs, and Patience Brewster.  32 guides are currently available and more are in the pipeline.

I hope you have the perfect spot for this stitch!  Enjoy!

Wait. What?

Your eyes are not deceiving you.  Today's stitch is a traditional diagonal stitch.  I like the size of this stitch and, more importantly, it added the necessary movement to the object on the canvas .

It's a simple pattern.  A group of three stitches over two rows, followed by a group of four stitches over three rows (centered against the adjacent group), and repeat.  I chose this stitch for the body of a horse to add dimension and direction to the body as well as make it smooth (hence the larger stitches).  

For an animal body, I recommend any good wool.  We used Rainbow Gallery Persian Wool for the project above.  Vineyard Merino Wool would be a great choice, as well as Bella Lusso or Burmilana.  

This stitch would also work really well on water or a sky.  In either of those cases, I recommend skipping a single row in between the horizontal rows for a lighter effect.  (And, yes, I just snuck in an open stitch...sorry!)

Today's stitched sample is me playing with two plies of Floche on 18-mesh.  The only thing missing is a Pina Colada.

This stitch diagram, along with all other #whimsicalwednesday and #smallspacesunday stitch diagrams, can also be found on a Pinterest board here.

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If you like what you see on this blog, want to learn some very creative decorative stitches, and how to put them all together, whimsicalstitch.com sells stitch guides for Melissa Shirley Designs, Zecca Designs, and Patience Brewster.  32 guides are currently available and more are in the pipeline.

I hope you have the perfect spot for this stitch!  Enjoy!